IWC Watch Test: WatchTime Reviews the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club

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The Yacht Club was IWC’s most popular model of the late 1960s and 1970s. Today, enthusiasts of IWC Schaffhausen have a new model: The IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph, easily one of the sportiest IWC Portuguese models. WatchTime tested this most nautical of IWC watches, and you can read all the results in our free article, in which WatchTime’s experts discover the strengths and weaknesses of this IWC watch.

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IWC Schaffhausen resurrected the Yacht Club in a new chronograph version and incorporated it into its Portuguese collection. Like other IWC Portuguese models, the Yacht Club has a big case, Arabic numerals and a railroad-track-style-minutes ring. Unlike other IWC Portuguese watches, it has an array of sailing-themed features: push-pieces shaped like bollards, a seafaring red-and-white color scheme and luminous hands and markers that can be read even in a thick, offshore fog. The Yacht Club is the first IWC Portuguese model to be fitted with Caliber 89360,developed in-house by IWC Schaffhausen. What’s special about this caliber? Find out in this free article!

This IWC watch has also a flyback function: with a single push of the push-piece, you can make the chrono hands return to zero and instantly start timing another interval. But how accurate is the watch when the chronograph is running? We find out.

How water-resistant is this seaworthy IWC Portuguese? And how is it priced compared to other IWC watches? If you want to learn more about this special IWC watch or if you’d like to expand your knowledge about IWC watches, download the free article and get technical specs, prices and WatchTime’s final score.

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Do you want to expand your knowledge about IWC Watches? Are sporty watches fascinating you? Do you love sailing in addition to being a watch enthusiast? Are you wearing an IWC Portuguese? Do you want to know what’s inside the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club? Would you like to know more technical specs and design codes of this IWC watch? If you answered one or more of these questions with “yes,” you should enjoy this Watchtime Spotlight, with our test of this popular IWC watch, the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph!

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This promotional article was originally published on September 24, 2103, and has been updated.

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  1. I have to confess that I do have a problem with IWC in general. Since this is a US magazine, hopefully you’ll understand it. IWC supplied Pilot’s watches to the Nazi Luftwaffe in WWII to help them attack Allied forces and carry out their crazy genocidal policy. Have no intention to forget.

  2. Daryl Hodes

    IWC watches look fantastic, but I have had a bad experience with them. My conclusion is that a) workmanship is very, very poor; b) Customers purchasing in Asia are treated as second class; and c) the company is not internally geared to handle mass market service and sales.

    I received an IWC watch as a gift in March 2016. We received a discounted new watch, employee-discounted (still paying HKD 30,000 for a Watch retailing at about 40% more. In June (2015) I had a beach holiday, and after about 3 days on the beach there was mist under the watch’ s face, so we sent it for repair. The repaired didn’t come back until January 2016. When the watch came back, the ship assistant tried to correct the time … and the dial fell off! So now the watch is back in Switzerland again for repair, again. It is now March, and I believe it will easily be over a year before I see the watch again – provided nothing else goes wrong. I don’t believe I have to spell out the various concerns here. Now I realise there is Lowe priority / urgency for repair b cause of my initial discount, but isn’t this all a little ridiculous? It is still an expensive watch. I would strongly recommend customers based in Asia not to buy IWC. I bought a Cartier watch here (am using it again now) and never had anything like these kinds of problems.

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